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ANC recalls President Zuma

The African Nation­al Con­gress (ANC) has announced that the Nation­al Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC) has decid­ed to recall Pres­i­dent Jacob Zuma from Office.

The gov­ern­ing party’s Sec­re­tary Gen­er­al Ace Mag­a­shule made the offi­cial announce­ment a short while ago.

“The NEC decid­ed to recall its deploy­ee com­rade Pres­i­dent Jacob Zuma in accor­dance with rule of the ANC con­sti­tu­tion which affords the NEC the author­i­ty to recall its deploy­ees. We agreed that there should be con­tin­u­ing dis­cus­sions between the ANC offi­cials and Pres­i­dent Zuma,” Mag­a­shule said.

He said the Pres­i­dent has been informed of the deci­sion.

The ANC’s NEC, the high­est deci­sion-mak­ing body between par­ty con­fer­ences, delib­er­at­ed for more than 13 hours on Mon­day over President’s Zuma’s fate, announc­ing their deci­sion to remove him from office fol­low­ing weeks of spec­u­la­tion regard­ing the president’s future.

The announce­ment fol­lowed a dra­mat­ic week in which par­lia­ment announced the post­pone­ment of the State of the Nation Address that was sched­uled for last Thurs­day. This, while the lead­er­ship of the ANC held what was described as lead­er­ship tran­si­tion talks with Pres­i­dent Zuma.

On Tues­day, Mag­a­shule said the deci­sion to recall 75-year-old Pres­i­dent Zuma was tak­en in order to “pro­vide cer­tain­ty” to the peo­ple of South Africa.

“The deci­sions of the ANC pro­vide cer­tain­ty to the peo­ple of South Africa at the time when the eco­nom­ic and social chal­lenges that are fac­ing the coun­try require a response by all sec­tions of soci­ety,” said Mag­a­shule.

He did not pro­vide details on whether the Pres­i­dent has agreed to resign.

He said the deci­sion would be com­mu­ni­cat­ed to all struc­tures of the ANC, as well as the party’s par­lia­men­tary cau­cus.

The Pres­i­den­cy has not yet com­mu­ni­cat­ed on the issue and the Pres­i­dent him­self has not indi­cat­ed whether he would accede to the party’s direc­tive and resign.

In the event the Pres­i­dent resigns, he would be expect­ed to make an announce­ment to the nation and sub­mit his res­ig­na­tion to the speak­er of the Nation­al Assem­bly, which elect­ed him.

The Con­sti­tu­tion states that when a vacan­cy occurs in the Office of Pres­i­dent, the Deputy Pres­i­dent, a Min­is­ter des­ig­nat­ed by the oth­er mem­bers of the Cab­i­net or a Speak­er can act as Pres­i­dent for a peri­od of 30 days until the Nation­al Assem­bly elects a new pres­i­dent.

An Act­ing Pres­i­dent has the respon­si­bil­i­ties, pow­ers, and func­tions of the Pres­i­dent. Before assum­ing the respon­si­bil­i­ties, pow­ers, and func­tions of the Pres­i­dent, the Act­ing Pres­i­dent must swear or affirm faith­ful­ness to the Repub­lic and obe­di­ence to the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The con­sti­tu­tion also pro­vides that in an event of a res­ig­na­tion or end of the term, Pres­i­dents also retain their ben­e­fits and annu­al salaries for life. This would apply to Pres­i­dent Zuma if and when he resigns.

The Nation­al Assem­bly can also pass a motion of no con­fi­dence in the Pres­i­dent through a sim­ple major­i­ty. In such an event, the Pres­i­dent must then resign. –

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